Tonight’s the Night – it’s the Season 3 Premiere! After months of waiting, fans finally get to find out about the consequences of MacGyver quitting Phoenix in the Season 2 Finale.
(Spoiler Alert: You will get spoilered about main characters and storylines in Season 3 by reading this post and its comments or by clicking on the links provided!)
What you need to know about the Season 3 Premiere
CBS took its sweet time to start promoting Season 3. Last Friday, we finally got a Season 3 Premiere Teaser Trailer; posted on Instagram just before the rerun of the Season 2 Finale. Considering all the other CBS shows got previews weeks ago and Sneak Peeks days ago, it’s no wonder fans had started complaining about the lack of promo so shortly before the start of the new Season.
Yet, CBS still left it upon the cast, the crew and the fans to promote the upcoming Season and the DVD release of Season 2. There was no promo for the DVD at all. They aired a slightly longer preview after the rerun of Episode 2×23, but it wasn’t posted on the other social media sites until Monday. On the same day, they released the Official Season 3 poster – it’s the one of MacGyver hanging upside down; safety pin ready while Jack angry-stares into the void. It’s sure memorable and fun, but again feels overly photoshopped to me.
In case you missed the Press Release and the Official Stills for tonight’s Episode 3×01 (Improvise), here’s the synopsis:
Three months after quitting the Phoenix Foundation and moving to Nigeria, Mac puts aside his differences with his father and returns when he hears Jack is the target of a murderous dictator he double-crossed.
Yesterday, CBS finally released 3 Sneak Peek videos. One is of MacGyver and Oversight on a plane, the second one of Bozer and Leanna undercover in military uniforms with Riley helping out from home. The third one is of Oversight arriving in Nigeria in a helicopter, telling Mac that Jack is in trouble and needs help.
Today, ET Online added an another, Exclusive Sneak Peek of Mac and Oversight parachuting through crossfire. Since they’re listing real aerial stunt coordinators on IMDb, it’s possible the stunt people did a real jump for the footage. Maybe we’ll get to know more in upcoming interviews or BtS material.
Nearing the Season Premiere, some of the guest and background actors started posting “old” photos from the filming process done back in July; e.g. Richie Stephens with Lucas Till and with Justin Hires.
Season 3 Overview: Episodes 3×02 to 3×06
It’s easy to loose track about the production process and what’s been going on since July. So let’s do a short recap about the episodes we can look forward to:
- 3×02: Bravo Lead + Loyalty + Friendship (airdate October 5)
Directed by Duane Clark; centering around Jack and his old Delta Buddies. For Official Stills, see here.
- 3×03: Bozer + Booze + Back to School (October 12)
Directed by Tessa Blake; following the storyline of Team Phoenix going undercover on a college campus.
- 3×04: Guts + Fuel + Hope (October 19)
Directed by Peter Weller.
- 3×05: Dia de Muertos + Sicarios + Family (October 26)
Halloween Episode, directed by Eagle Egilsson.
- 3×06: Murdoc + MacGyver + Murdoc (November 2)
Directed by Stephen Herek.
Working on Episode 3×07
For Episode 3×07, production filmed in “Ghana”. Locations were a bank, a street market and a restaurant. They also filmed several days on a set dressed as a junk yard, a location set up as a car accident scene and nearby a lake. After making friends with snakes, filming continued in the War Room on September 21.
The posts by crew and extras revealed that the heavy schedule was starting to take its toll – after almost 60 days into production, many complained about being tired; posting photos of their colleagues taking a nap whenever and wherever possible during breaks. Of course, the heat in Atlanta didn’t help.
Luckily, they actually got the weekend off for once. Justin Hires continued to post a few BtS photos from set – e.g. of Bozer under a car (or rather, a truck) for once or of him with Lucas Till and Joy Sunday, listening to the director’s explanations.
Working on Episode 3×08
On Monday, production started on Episode 3×08, directed by Lily Mariye (Emergency Room). They filmed in “Paris” and did scenes with costumes including a tac vest; revealing that Mac’s EOD friend Charlie will be in this episode. We don’t know yet for sure if “The Ghost” will be back as well, but it seems reasonable since he never got caught.
On Wednesday, the cast started posting new BtS photos. Meredith Eaton uploaded a photo of her with Lucas Till. Lucas posted one of MacGyver waiting for security in Chechnya and one of him standing next to a Stunt Double and a Stand-In; pointing out that he was the one wearing a vest.
Yesterday, they filmed scenes with Lucas in MacGyver’s EOD soldier gear, so it looks like they’re doing another episode with flashbacks to Mac’s and Charlie’s time in the Army – so maybe we finally get to know how they first heard about and started chasing The Ghost?
The cast posted a ton of Instagram Live Stories; making up for lost time and promoting the Season 3 Premiere. Tristin made the cast do a funny catwalk routine (sadly, George Eads was not on set yesterday to join in on the fun). Justin Hires finally got a Stand-In that looks like him. He also provided some photos of older episodes; e.g. of his favorite Episode 3×03.
Today, they’re filming a scene for a Foundation Dinner with Military Vets; some of them sitting in a wheelchair. Again, the cast has to wear tuxes and dresses for an episode, which they don’t seem to mind after running around in tac gear and uniforms out in the rain yesterday.
Just a few hours before, Lucas posted another BtS video of him getting dressed in that weird prisoner jumpsuit diver costume.
Cast, Crew and Character News
Reign Edwards started filming the pilot for “The Wilds” in New Zealand, so it’s not clear if and when her character Leanna Martin will be back on the show. For now, Episode 3×03 will be most likely her last appearance. Sibongile Mlambo had been in Atlanta again recently, and since she’s listed on Episode 3×06 on IMDb together with David Dastmalchian and Brady Bond (as Cassian), I’m assuming she might not be back again, either.
Justin Hires joked about Joy Sunday playing Bozer’s sister, but since he also jokes about MacGyver (or everyone) dying in the episode they’re filming at the moment, I’m not sure if this is true or not. What we know is that Emerson Brooks (who plays Charlie Robinson) plus Holland Roden (Teen Wolf) were on set this week.
Central Casting Georgia had posted Casting Calls for Stand-Ins for Emerson Brooks and Holland Roden and a Photo Double for Sarah Sokolovic. They’ve also been looking for Extras; e.g. for European Background Actors, a female Stand-In with red hair, Female Techs, an Attractive Male for a Photoshoot, a Caucasian Male to portray a Dead Soldier, for someone to portray a Politician in a Photoshoot, for Female Military, for Bartenders and Wait Staff, people attending a Foundation Dinner, for someone with access to a wheelchair to use as a prop, for Police and for Military Vets.
There was a rerun of the Season 2 Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) in the usual timeslot last Friday – the only rerun during hiatus, in fact.
The episode pulled in 3.71 million live-viewers with a demo-rating of 0.4. This is not as much as the reruns of Season 1 garnered last year, but fits in with other reruns on Fridays – especially when considering that this was the only rerun and there was no promo surrounding it.
Other MacGyver-related News
In case you missed it:
- The Season 2 DVD of the Reboot was released in the US on September 18, and there’s even bonus material on it this time!
- Season 1 of Original MacGyver is still set to be released on BluRay on October 30.
- Original MacGyver fans keep posting about both the MacGyver Funko Pop and the Escape Room Board Game
Other countries had been gearing up for the Season 3 premiere as well. Since they didn’t have any material of Season 3 yet, they resorted to old material. AXN Asia used Season 2 footage for their teaser trailer; adding the Official Poster in an an altered, pink color design.
MacGyver in Germany
To recap: Episode 2×20 (Skyscraper – Power) had reached 1.8 milllion live-viewers in total (3 years and older), while Episode 2×21 (Wind + Water) had 1.71 million live-viewers. Both episodes garnered a demo-rating of 8.6 in the targeted age-group (14-49 years old).
Episode 2×22 (UFO + Area 51) managed 1.79 million live-viewers, followed by the Season Finale Episode 2×23 (MacGyver + MacGyver) with 1.68 million live-viewers. Both episodes got a demo-rating of 7.4.
Overall, Season 2 had about 1.73 milllion live-viewers on average per episode and a demo-rating of 8.62. This is less than Season 1 reached (1.79 million live-viewers, demo 10.0), but enough to make the network happy. Also, the demo-ratings were better than Season 2 of Lethal Weapon airing in the same time-slot just before and better than SEAL Team episodes airing on the same day at 10pm.
After airing the Season 2 Finale last Monday, Sat.1 started airing reruns of S1 (Monday night, around 1am). I’m confident that they will also air Season 3 next Summer.